Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and welcome margaritas are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Every spacious suite contains a living area and kitchenette
- Individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland: One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools
- The eight-room boutique property has a glam past: Raquel Welch stayed here, and Vogue and Italian Elle have used the property as a photo shoot location
What To Know
- Free WiFi and calls to the U.S.
- Legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez designed the property; it's recently received a facelift from her grandson, Alexander
- The apartments are nestled back along the Rio Cuale, away from the chaos of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist zone
- Many of the suites have room for up to five people, perfect for groups or family reunions
- Each guestroom has its own unique layout; specific rooms are not guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Picture yourself in a photo shoot at this all-villa boutique resort in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. The four-room, four-suite property has hosted such Hollywood celebs as Raquel Welch and served as the backdrop for spreads in Vogue and Italian Elle. It’s easy to see why: The individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland. In the Green Room you’ll find pastel cherubs painted on the walls, a giant brass chandelier and a deep green soaking tub in the black marble bathroom. The two-story Candelaria suite skews pink, with a black-and-rose checkerboard floor, pink-and-turquoise satin linens and an ornate trompe l’oeil headboard with (real) candelabras on either side of the bed. And in the Carlotta suite, a huge Venetian crystal chandelier hangs above a cherrywood dining table, and twinkling wall lights bounce off the room’s handmade mosaic flooring (don’t worry, the lights have a dimmer). One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools.
In the Area
Rivera del Rio’s prime location in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, just south of Rio Cuale, makes it easy to get around this bustling beach town. Wander down to Playa los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beach, for a day of sunbathing and beach bar hopping in this quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood; city ordinances mandate the district’s white buildings and red tile roofs, and they prohibit neon signs. Or venture north of the river to explore the renowned Malecon and the picturesque Gringo Gulch neighborhood; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reportedly began their affair there while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1963. To get away from the touristy zone, take a 45-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa, a no-car island village with only 1,500 residents, many of them hippies and artists. Water sports aplenty are on offer, but no one would blame you for spending the day on the beach, feasting on fresh coconut slices and chocolate pie sold by vendors on the beach.
How to Get There
We booked our room at this hotel (Boutique Hotel Rivera del Rio) quite a while ago since it books up quickly and love it’s quirkiness and history. It used to be a house of the legendary Silver Maria Cortez. The staff are really wonderful and we were very happy we chose this hotel in the Old Town/Romantic Zone which we found very safe even walking back at night. They offer a complimentary continental breakfast with fresh fruit, coffee or tea, juice and nice pastries and if you desire to bump it top to a full breakfast it is $6 more or $11 for two people and the price is actually well worth it. To get to our room, The Mariposa, there were 119 steps!! Some quite steep and narrow. So I would suggest that if you stay here and have any kind of mobility problem or are a bit “wide” in body, that you make sure to check with them about what room is appropriate. There are several beautiful ones to choose from at a range of prices, many include kitchens. We were able to manage the skinny steps quite well in the beginning but after eating out for almost a week we were unsure if we would need to be towed up them at the end. Luckily that didn’t happen. They have a lovely pool (right above our room) and then a hot tub on the very top of the hotel. An honor system bar is in the pool area. If you are going to Puerto Vallarta we would recommend trying to book the Rivera Del Rio. It may not be for everyone however, and we would not suggest staying with children. For us it reminded us of some of the cool funky bohemian type places we have traveled to and it was very relaxed. Perfect for us.
This hotel is inspiring the decor is classical mixed with amazing frescos. The whole little mansion is like a art museum. I would like to come back and stay in every room
As they are all so different and interesting
Oh my god! I wish I could give 100000 stars for this place! My friend and I stayed here for four nights and had an incredible experience! I don’t know why anyone would want to stay anywhere else in PV. First, the hotel IS as amazing as it looks in the photos! The design overwhelms you with beauty, and is full of history and culture. Local arts and crafts are cleverly hidden throughout the space, so you notice new things all the time. The hotel changes throughout the day with the aid of cleverly placed windows and mood lighting. The tromp l’oeil murals combined with the texture of the plaster give a constant warm glow that moves with the light, always feeling fresh and alive. Plants are everywhere, and you feel connected to nature while you eat your delicious breakfast in the lobby. The staff was incredibly kind, helpful and sincere. The atmosphere feels very high-end without being stuffy or overbearing. We stayed in the Alejandro suite and couldn’t stop gushing about it. Compared to prices in the states, this place is an insane deal. The neighborhood is quiet and the river will lull you to sleep. We were close to everything worth seeing and only ended up spending about $25 total on our many Uber rides. Grant, one of our hosts recommended the best nightclubs and restaurants (Cafe De Artistes’ was a mind-blowing meal, go there too!). Another of our hosts booked us a last-minute manicure that was great as well! The breakfasts we had there were yummy and fresh, a perfect way to start our day! I could go on and on about the hotel, but the main point: Stay Here, you will dream about it forever!
After reading all the wonderful reviews, and having traveled the world and between work and business have seen hundreds of hotels, I was skeptical if this place would really be that cute. It is, I'm a believer.
We dropped off our bags early so we could hit the beach, then returned to check-in and at the correct time and were greeted with a wonderful Margarita. (We drank our share of Margarita's on our trip. This one was actually one of our favorites.) We got a tour of this amazing building and our bags greeted us in our room. The hotel is on the river in the old romantic zone. (Don't be concerned about being down on the river away from other hotels. It just made this hotel closer to the local food scene and restaurants! And it is still close enough that we walked back and forth several times a day from the beach.) We liked that our room had its own balcony (for our night of Taco stand dinning!) and the views from the rooftop pool and hot tub were amazing. Breakfast in the morning was great and the travel advice we received from the staff was spot on. Another great part of the hotel was all the other cool travels we meet at the hot tub and at breakfast.
We will be back to Puerto Vallarta again and hopefully stay again here (please don't be full!) Until then, we are going to be sending family members, hopefully in February. Thank you, Rivera del Rio, for helping us make our time in Mexico so memorable!
So after lots of research, my husband and I decided that we wanted to go completely out of our element this time and stay somewhere different. This was our first time to Puerto Vallarta but all the other times we have traveled to other areas of Mexico, we always stay in the huge beach front all inclusive hotels...but for some reason Rivera del Rio just stood out to us during our research so we decided to try it out. We are so glad we did!
We stayed in the Alejandro suite and loved it! The best views and so spacious and omg the most comfy bed ever!!! The whole room is just so eclectic but so fun! Windows and doors that open up completely leaving you with the coolest views every morning.
Even though we had seen tons of pictures and read so many reviews, I’m not so sure we were expecting what we walked in to when we got to the hotel. It was just so fun and different from anywhere we have stayed before. Lots of stairs to our room, to the pool, to the lobby. Narrow stairs. Definitely not for you if you don’t like stairs. We only really hung out at the pool one day because most of our time was spent on the beach, or in the room because we had a couple evenings of rain. There are lots of drinks in a fridge by the pool along with different mixers and liquor with a ‘recipe book’ so you can make your own drinks at the bar. There’s a book with an ‘honor’ system. Just write down what you used and pay for it later!:) there’s also an ice machine at the bar which came in really handy for us.
There is breakfast in the lobby area every morning from 9-11.
We did use their ‘private driver’ to pick us up from the airport but realized once we were there for 4 days that it was a bit of a rip off because it cost us $40 and our Uber from the hotel back was only about $7...and they Basicaly did the same thing.
Air conditioners in the room Work really well, especially on hot humid days! I feel like I can go on and on about our experience and what a great time we had!
We enjoyed walking along the river to get to the malecon and seeing all the iguanas in the trees across from the balcony.
A couple of things that would have made my stay just a bit better...I wish I would have had a lounge chair on my balcony instead of just a little table with chairs. And a few more English channels on the TV for those rainy evenings in.